NEW BRITAIN â€“ Patients and families of the Connecticut Childrenâ€™s Diabetes program attended a diabetes camp in Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp from Aug. 5-9, according to a press release from Joan Goodman, Membership and Marketing Director for the Meriden, New Britain and Berlin YMCAs. This is the first diabetes day camp in Connecticut in over 20 years.
The camp, under the direction of Dr. Cem Demirci, is a collaboration with the Connecticut Childrenâ€™s Medical Center and Lions Club, as well as the YMCAs of New Britain, Berlin and Meriden. Campers aged 6 to 13 years old got to participate in traditional camp recreation, such as swimming, arts and crafts, games and other activities. The camp is a â€śdream come trueâ€ť for Demirci, who is in charge of day-to-day diabetes management for the campers, according to the press release.
â€śThe main reason to have a diabetes camp for the kids (and families) is providing a medically safe environment which fosters peer relations, fun and diabetes education,â€ť Goodman said in an email. â€śNot only (do) kids get to learn about improving their management, but also our endocrinology fellows (four MDs) who participate as medical staff learn day to day management skills in different circumstances.â€ť
While this yearâ€™s camp registration has ended, those interested in future programs, or the New Britain and Berlin YMCAs, can contact Marci Moskal, branch executive director, at 860-276-7869, 860-229-3787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.